JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann says he will not be running for re-election in 2012.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people as sheriff of Craighead County since 1999, but after nearly 40 years in law enforcement, it is simply time for me to retire," said the sheriff in a letter to Region 8 News.
Sheriff McCann's long career in law enforcement began in 1973, and led him to the Craighead County Sheriff's Department in 1997 as a chief deputy under then-Sheriff Jerry Suiter.
"I have spent the majority of my adult life in law enforcement, and while I have had to deal with numerous tragedies and have witnessed some horrible events, overall it has been a rewarding experience," said McCann. "Law enforcement often sees people at their very worst, or in the most tragic moments of their lives. I have seen plenty of the down side of life in my career. I still have faith in people and believe that for every negative event we see in the media, there are thousands of good deeds daily that we never hear about."
Over his time at the sheriff's department, Sheriff McCann said he has seen tremendous changes in officer training along with the equipment and technology used — something he never could have imagined when he began his career in the early 70s.
McCann said he feels truly blessed to have been associated with two of the best law enforcement agencies in the state — the Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department.
In a closing statement, he thanked the citizens of Craighead County for their support over the years and said he sincerely hoped he served the community well. He added that he has tried his best to do the right thing for the public he was blessed to serve.